World champion Buck I St. Pat will lead eight rivals into battle on Friday night at Vernon Downs in the $150,000 Conway Hall. The 7-year old trotting sensation will look to repeat in the Conway Hall as she captured the 2009 edition in track record time for aged trotting mares in 1:54.3.
Campaigned from the mighty Burke Stable, Buck I St. Pat will be part of an entry that shares the betting with Southwind Wasabi who captured the third leg of the Miss Versatility Trotting Series at Vernon on Sept. 2 in track record time for 4-year old trotting mares in 1:53. Trainer Ron Burke has listed usual pilot Tim Tetrick on Buck I St. Pat, and will turn back over the lines to Josh Marks who steered Southwind Wasabi to her last win at Vernon Downs.
The duo has been listed as the 7-5 morning line choice, but also drew the seven and eight holes in a field of eight. The $150,000 Conway Hall has been slated for race number six on Friday night’s card that kicks off at 6:55 pm. The field is listed below:
No. PP Horse Driver Trainer
1 7 Southwind Wasabi Josh Marks Ron Burke
1A 8 Buck I St Pat Tim Tetrick Ron Burke
2 1 Broadway Paige Jimmy Whittemore Angus McDonald
3 2 Windsong Soprano Andy Miller Robert Mcintosh
4 3 Elusive Desire Trond Smedshammer Michael Keeling
5 4 Yursa Hanover Daniel Dube Benoit Baillargeon
6 5 Autumn Escapade David Miller Jonas Czernyson
7 6 Highscore Kemp Frank Antonacci Frank Antonacci
Also featured on Friday night’s undercard will be six divisions of the Kindergarten Classic Trot, three for colts and geldings, and three for fillies. Leading the way in the colt division is Swan In A Million from super producer broodmare Swan Lake for trainer Erv Miller.
In the Miracle Mile 1 top trotting test, world champion Enough Talk will make his return to the racetrack for trainer-driver Peter Kleinhans coming off of a break in the Ricci Memorial on Aug. 14. (Tioga Downs)